The sun is just beginning to rise and the pond behind our house is already alive. In spring we often see migratory water birds out there, having stopped for the night on their arduous journey north. Today I see small diving ducks searching for food on the recently opened water. I won’t be able to completely identify them until I am outside walking the dogs. By then the sun will be brighter. For now the sounds of the birds as they speak to each other and their graceful movements will remind me that spring is upon us. New life, new journeys and days filled with warmer temperatures. A welcome event after the long, dark days of winter.